Department of National Defence

Department of National Defence

August 13, 2012 07:30 ET

Government of Canada Announces Infrastructure Improvements and Remediation Activities for 5 Wing Goose Bay

HAPPY VALLEY - GOOSE BAY, NEWFOUNDLAND and LABRADOR--(Marketwire - Aug. 13, 2012) - The Honourable Peter MacKay, Minister of National Defence, joined by the Honourable Peter Penashue, Minister of Intergovernmental Affairs and President of the Queen's Privy Council for Canada, today announced a major investment for infrastructure and remediation work at 5 Wing Goose Bay. The Minister announced two wing infrastructure improvement projects and 10 contract awards for remediation activities as part of the Goose Bay Remediation Project (GBRP).

"Our Government is committed to providing modern, efficient and effective infrastructure for our Canadian Forces personnel," said Minister MacKay. "The Government is committed to ensuring a strong future for 5 Wing Goose Bay. This environmental remediation work underscores the fact that we will continue to deliver on our promise to strengthen 5 Wing Goose Bay and the Happy Valley-Goose Bay community."

Since the Second World War, 5 Wing Goose Bay has had a continuous international military presence. Infrastructure improvements include airfield concrete repairs and roof repairs to Building 354, for an investment of over CAN$2 million.

"I am happy be a part of the announcements today," said Minister Penashue. "This work benefits the wing, contributes to the economic foundation of the community and mitigates risk to human health and the environment, illustrating the Government of Canada's continued commitment to environmental stewardship and to our community."

The GBRP is part of a larger Government of Canada initiative to assess and remediate federal contaminated sites. The 10 contracts awarded under the GBRP include fence installation, fuel recovery, upgrades to a fuel transfer area, soil and site remediation, environmental drilling, risk assessment, and survey work.

The Government of Canada conducted open, fair, and transparent competition processes to award contracts for these projects.

Notes to editor / news director: For further information, please see the backgrounder on defence infrastructure and remediation at 5 Wing Goose Bay at http://www.forces.gc.ca/site/news-nouvelles/news-nouvelles-eng.asp?id=4342

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